Fraser Hornby has been left ‘proud’ after a hat-trick over San Marino left him as the all-time leading scorer for Scotland U21s.
The Everton academy graduate headed into the Euro U21s qualifier against San Marino needing two goals to break the goalscoring record held by Jordan Rhodes and Scott Booth.
They had eight goals to their name at this level but the former Everton man, now in France with Stade De Reims, took his tally to 10 goals in 17 outings. He was the star of the show as Scotland beat San Marino 7-0.
Hornby chipped in with three goals as David Turnbull, Barry Maguire, Conor McLennan and Harrison Ashby all got in on the San Marino rout. It keeps Scotland in contention for qualification to a major tournament at U21s level.
Hero and captain on the night Hornby has provided his reaction to the three-goal haul he takes with him back onto the domestic scene, taking pride in his latest international exploits.
“Being captain is always an honour so when I found out I was going to be captain I was really happy about it,” Hornby said (Scotland NT). “But we knew we had a task to do and the boys did it brilliantly.
“Obviously as a striker it is all about scoring goals. Individual records are always something to be proud of so I’m really happy to break the record. It’s my second hat-trick for Scotland so I’ll need to put the balls together somewhere!
“I was really proud. Before we headed into this game we wanted to make sure we picked up three points and put the group in our hands. The lads know the task in hand.”